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  Backing up Outlook Express  
     

To Backup Outlook Express Data you will need to do the following for each identity:

  1. Copy mail files to a backup folder

  2. Export the Address Book to a file

  3. Export the mail account to a file

  4. Export the news account to a file

 

A.  Copy Mail Files to a Backup Folder
To make a backup copy of the files that contain your Outlook Express e-mail messages:

1. On the Tools menu of Outlook Express, click Options.
2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
3. Select the folder location (Ctrl+Shift+End), and then press Ctrl+C to copy the it
4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.  Exit Outlook Express.
5. Click Start, and then click Run (or press Windows+R)
6. In the Open box, press Ctrl+V to paste the store folder name and then click OK
7. On the Edit menu or Windows Explorer, click Select All.
8. On the Edit menu click Copy (or Ctrl+C), and then close the window.
9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then Folder
10. Type a name for the folder, and then press ENTER
11. Double-click the Mail Backup folder (or press Enter again) to open it.
12. On the Edit menu click Paste (or Ctrl+V)
13. Close the Mail Backup window.

B.  Export the Address Book to a File
To export your Outlook Express address book:

1. On the File menu or Outlook Express, click Export and then Address Book
2. Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export
3. Click Browse and locate the Mail Backup folder that you created in step A9
5. In the File Name box, type 'Address Book Backup', and then click Save
6. Click Next
7. Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish
8. Click OK and then click Close.

C. Export the Mail Account to a File
To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express mail account(s)

1. On the Tools menu of Outlook Express, click Accounts...
2. On the Mail tab, click the each mail account in turn that you want to export, and then click Export
3. In the Save In box, locate the Mail Backup folder that you created in step A9 and then click Save
4. Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to export.
5. Click Close.
 

Now copy the folder that you created in step A9 to your backup location (CD, DVD, pen drive, floppy disk, LAN...)
If any of this is unclear, please let me know.